Local Artisans Commend Africa Rice

first_imgTwenty local artisans who are undergoing training by Africa Rice to build modern rice threshers have lauded Africa Rice and partners for empowering them through a 3 week training in fabricating rice threshers.The training is in collaboration with the Government of Liberia and SAPEC to build modern ASI rice threshers in Liberia as means of reducing the high importation of food.According to one of the participants, Joseph Daywhea, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Dream Workshop in Buchanan, the training builds up their skills, especially in fabricating bigger rice threshers that will benefit farmers and the country.“At first I had no idea about fabricating a rice thresher but I was involved in producing cassava mills and other agricultural tools for sale to farmers, but now I am prepared to contribute to my country by producing rice threshers that will add value to farmers’ produce,” he said.Mr. Daywhea stated that upon completion of the training, which will end this Saturday, he will help other local artisans by training them to fabricate big and smaller rice threshers as his contribution to the improvement of food security in the country. He called on the government to provide financial support to farmers either in grants or loans to enable them to work effectively in producing those equipment farmers need to increase production.“We have hard working farmers in the country who are willing to contribute immensely to the sector, but without agricultural equipment like processing machines, rice threshers, cassava mills that make the work easy for them, there will be limited results and the country will still spend millions on importation of food,” he said.He also called on Africa Rice to keep empowering local farmers and requested its representative, Dr. Inoussa Akintayo, to make the program sustainable.Mr. Benedict Sampson, chief executive officer of Gbarnga based Moonlight Metal Workshop, appreciated the organizers for the training, which he said has encouraged more local farmers and artisans to get involved in developing local equipment and tools that will be affordable to farmers.“We can all contribute to our country by our skills. Fabricating rice threshers is very essential because rice is our country’s staple food and this will help smallholder farmers greatly by adding value to their locally grown produce,” he said.Mr, Sampson called on the government and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to support local artisans by awarding them contracts, which will contribute to their success.Engineer Oloje Daniel, who is one of the facilitators from Nigeria, told our reporter that the fabrication of four modern rice threshers is about 95 percent complete.He explained that the advantage of the training is that it has empowered local artisans to manufacture rice threshers to strengthen the production of rice and also repair machines when they have problems.“As facilitators, we are very proud of local artisans in Liberia because they are talented, creative and are willing to learn,” he said.He urged the Liberian government and partners to invest in farmers, especially the artisans to help boost their capacities and advance mechanized farming.Africa Rice Country Representative Dr. Akintayo said via mobile phone that the four fabricated rice threshes will be turned over to the Ministry of Agriculture.He promised to work along with artisans and farmers in the country as part of his organization’s mandate in promoting agriculture, especially rice production.“We will continue to work with local farmers and provide financial support through grants and loans to empower them,” he promised.The local artisans are being trained by three professional staff members from DESFABENG Company Ltd of Nigeria. The training commenced June 27, and will be concluded Saturday July 16, in Gbarnga, Bong County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Battered body of poultry farmer found at Corriverton

first_imgA poultry farmer of Springlands, Corriverton, Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) was on Monday morning found dead with three stab wounds to his chest.Dead is 49-year-old Nigel Lesley Matthews, also called ‘Tubby’, of Lot 14 Springlands. His body was found at about 3:00h lying on the road in front of an abandoned house at Rampoor, Corriverton.Dead: Nigel Lesley MatthewsInitial investigation has revealed that the deceased and four others were gambling, during which the now dead man accused the suspect of flipping a card, which resulted in a heated argument.However, a few hours later his motionless body was discovered.Guyana Times understands that the man had reportedly left home about five hours before his body was discovered. According to his roommate Malcolm Hernandes, Matthews left home shortly after 22:00h on Sunday evening.As he was leaving, the roommate explained that he attempted to persuade him from going out that late but he was completely ignored.He nevertheless left on hisThe area where the body was foundbicycle, which was found at the scene of the crime.At the scene, the dead man was reportedly clutching to a piece of broken wood. The remainder of the wood was seen a short distance away.“His head was bashed in and he had a couple of stabs to his left side – some fine stabs, lets us assume that it is with something like an ice pick. It is about three stabs he got. The wounds were to the left around the heart”, Hernandez added.According to the man, he received a telephone call informing him that his roommate was lying in a pool of blood. He arrived at the scene only to be confronted by his worst fears.Matthews’ roommate, Malcolm HernandesHe said it appeared that the Matthews had been dead for quite some time before he was discovered.Earlier on Sunday, Mathews reportedly planted about one hundred ears of corn in his farm. Reports are that on Friday, he sold one hundred chickens. It also had been reported that when he left home on Sunday, he had most of that money with him.Reports are that he was seen at a gamble shop and had been losing huge sums of money. This publication was informed that the now dead man and one of the gamblers were involved in an altercation over money owed.Police have since arrested one person for questioning relating to the murder.The farmer reportedly spent most of the day imbibing by himself and according to Hernandez it was not unusual for him to go out by himself late at nights. Police are continuing their investigations.last_img read more

Eco-friendly ‘passive house’ open to the public next weekend

first_imgAn average home in 2014 was between $250 and $350 per ft2, depending on finishing details.The City started looking into building a passive house in 2012, as part of an endeavour to conserve more energy.Other recent efforts to do this include the City adopting a community wide GHG reduction target of 12% below 2007 levels by 2030.According to the City, there have been no costs for utilities in the home this fall, and it is heading into it’s first test of how the house stands up to the great white north’s harsh winters.Advertisement More information about the passive house itself, and construction of the home, can be found on their website. Fort St. John’s passive house here will be open to the public on November 14th and 15th, from noon until 4:00 PM each day.What is a passive house? It’s a home is almost air tight, getting most of its heating from the sun and has such an insulated building enclosure that it only requires a small amount energy to heat and cool.With solar panels on the roof, the City says it may not need to purchase energy at all.- Advertisement -The house was complete last January and certified by the Passive House Institute US this past July. It is the third house of its kind in Canada, and the one furthest north.Now, two caretakers live in the home, and are inviting the public in to see how they live in the home.The construction of the house costed $363 per ft2, which the City says ‘compares favourably with other average homes in Fort St. John.’ The home is 1,895 ft2, putting the cost at about $687,885.Advertisementlast_img read more

Hernandez leaves Chelsea’s top-four bid in tatters

first_imgBut Chelsea missed a host of chances to increase their advantage and were made to pay when Javier Hernandez came off the bench to snatch the leveller with 17 minutes left.With fifth-placed Chelsea lagging 10 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham with only six games remaining, this frustrating result should end their challenge to qualify for the Champions League.Chelsea were booed off at full-time and, asked if they could still make the top four, Conte said: “I don’t know. We will try to do our best. I don’t know what we can change.”Turning his anger on Chelsea’s wasteful finishing, Conte said: “We must be frustrated. We are in this position because we have wasted good chances to get three points.“We are not clinical. It’s a pity because we dominated the game.“We are talking about a draw and that is incredible. I think with this game we can see our season. We create a lot of chances but we cannot take them.“When this happens regularly and you stay in this position, it means you have problems. Other teams in the league are more clinical. This is the truth. We have to improve.”West Ham, now six points clear of the relegation zone, were ecstatic to escape with a point despite a largely limp display.But it was a disappointing conclusion to a miserable week for Chelsea, who were mourning the death of their former star Ray Wilkins.Wilkins died at the age of 61 after suffering a cardiac arrest.The former England midfielder, who played for Chelsea for six years in the 1970s and had several spells as the club’s assistant coach, was remembered by fans who laid flowers outside the stadium.Inside, Chelsea and West Ham supporters, usually fierce rivals, united to sing “there’s only one Ray Wilkins” and held aloft a huge flag with his image before holding a minute’s applause.Respects paid, Chelsea had to focus on finding a way to end a damaging run of only three league wins in 2018.Eden Hazard’s indifferent form has epitomised Chelsea’s struggles and the Belgian playmaker had gone seven games without a goal.– Temporary reprieve –Chelsea were in control but when Alvaro Morata found the back of the net from Hazard’s pass, the Spain striker’s effort was ruled out for offside.Hazard was looking more like his old self and he combined with Cesc Fabregas to prise open the West Ham defence, but Morata’s deft back-flick rolled wide.Back in the groove, Hazard provided the impetus for another flowing Chelsea move that saw Willian’s shot pushed over by West Ham goalkeeper Joe Hart.It was only a temporary reprieve for West Ham as Conte’s men took a 36th-minute lead from the resulting short corner.Victor Moses scooped a cross towards Morata and he headed down to Azpilicueta, who controlled before poking a soft shot past Hart for his first goal since October.Willian was inches away from doubling Chelsea’s lead early in the second half after Hazard’s clever back-heel gave the Brazilian space to shoot just wide.Morata has endured a difficult first year with Chelsea and his fortunes weren’t improving as he headed over from a corner before having another effort disallowed for offside.All those near-misses came back to haunt Chelsea in the 73rd minute.Mark Noble pumped a long ball into the Chelsea area and Blues captain Gary Cahill responded with a mistimed header that dropped for Marko Arnautovic.A quick pass from Arnautovic found Hernandez and the striker, on for just three minutes, drilled a fine finish past Thibaut Courtois.Marcos Alonso almost spared Chelsea’s blushes with a thunderous strike, but Hart finished as West Ham’s hero with superb saves to keep out that effort and one from an Olivier Giroud header.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Javier Hernandez dragged West Ham towards safety and all but ended Chelsea’s top-four hopes with a late equaliser © AFP / Ian KINGTONLondon, United Kingdom, Apr 8 – Antonio Conte slammed his misfiring Chelsea stars as their hopes of a top-four finish in the Premier League suffered a potentially fatal blow in a 1-1 draw against West Ham on Sunday.Conte’s side went ahead through Cesar Azpilicueta’s first-half strike at Stamford Bridge.last_img read more

Lopetegui dodges questions on Madrid future ahead of Clasico

first_img“Everyone is 100 percent full of energy and my energies are 100 percent focused on helping the team.”The 52-year-old is widely believed to be on borrowed time at the Santiago Bernabeu, just four months after his appointment as the successor to Zinedine Zidane.The pressure is on Lopetegui after Real went on a run of five games without a win, losing four and scoring just one goal in that time.The sequence was ended in a 2-1 victory against Viktoria Plzen in the Champions League in midweek, but the unconvincing performance did little to suggest Lopetegui would stay much longer in the job.A defeat at the Camp Nou — where Real have not lost on any of their last three visits — would see Madrid fall seven points behind the Catalans after just 10 games.But the former Spain coach, who played for both Barcelona and Real, was not in the mood for answering constant questions on his future.“I have 100 percent energy and I am not going to waste even 0.01 percent of that answering that question,” he replied to one journalist.Barcelona will go clear at the summit with a victory, yet their coach Ernesto Valverde said that Real are “more dangerous when they are wounded”.“They are now on a bad run, but they also have enough about them to overcome these things, just as we do with the absence of Messi,” added Valverde.The Argentine is out after suffering a fractured arm against Sevilla last weekend.However, Lopetegui disputed the comments from his opposite number, responding: “To say that is to assume that Real are hurt. We are only in October.”“We have done good things which have not always translated into results. Real Madrid will be ready.”Lopetegui is confident Marcelo will be able to take part after the Brazilian came off with a knock in midweek. Isco’s chances of starting the game are in doubt, however.Having been denied the chance to lead Spain into the World Cup after being sacked on the eve of the competition for agreeing to take the Real job, Lopetegui is adamant Sunday’s game is the biggest of his managerial career.He said: “Nothing compares to it. In footballing terms of course it’s a game with huge expectation and it’s the highest level.”– ‘Flying piglets’ –The match remains a massive draw worldwide despite it being the first Clasico without either Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo since December 2007.Eleven years on, the only survivor in either side from that game — won 1-0 by Real at the Camp Nou thanks to a Julio Baptista goal — is Sergio Ramos.“The Clasico existed before that. The Clasico has always been the Clasico, and there were even flying piglets,” said Valverde, with a reference to a meeting of the sides in 2002, when Barcelona fans threw a pig’s head at Luis Figo, their former idol who had crossed the divide to join Real in 2000.“There has always been tension.”As well as Messi, Barcelona are without defensive duo Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen for the game, which kicks off at 6:15pm.Espanyol missed the chance to go provisionally clear of their city rivals at the top of La Liga after they conceded a late equaliser to draw 1-1 at Valladolid on Friday.Atletico Madrid can go a point clear at the top if they win at home to Real Sociedad later on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Julen Lopetegui’s days as Real Madrid coach seem to be numbered, but he will be in charge in Sunday’s Clasico © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSMADRID, Spain, Oct 27 – Julen Lopetegui dismissed concerns that he is on the brink of being sacked as coach of Real Madrid as his team prepare for Sunday’s Clasico against a Barcelona side missing the injured Lionel Messi.“I hope to still be breathing. I don’t think I am going to die,” Lopetegui replied at a press conference on Saturday to a question about what the future holds for him after the match at the Camp Nou.last_img read more

Watford sign free agent Welbeck

first_img“We’re delighted to confirm the signing of England international Danny Welbeck on a free transfer,” said Watford in a statement.Welbeck, who has won 42 caps for England, has seen his career ravaged by injury, but he is fit again for the start of the new season and has scored 42 goals in 206 Premier League appearances for Arsenal, United and Sunderland.0Shares0000(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Danny Welbeck has joined Watford on a free transfer after leaving ArsenalLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 7 – Watford have signed former Arsenal and Manchester United striker Danny Welbeck on a free transfer.Welbeck, 28, has been without a club following his release from Arsenal at the end of last season. He broke his ankle playing for the Gunners in November.last_img read more

Xavi’s Al Sadd storm into Asian Champions League semi

first_imgAl Sadd’s star striker Akram Afif dazzled throughout. He scored the first goal in the 26th minute with a simple header from close off a delectable chip from the left by South Korean Nam Tae-hee.The home joy was short-lived, however, as Al Nassr’s star striker Abderrazak Hamdallah equalised in the 33rd minute.After he was fouled just outside the box, the Moroccan hit the free-kick, which took a deflection from former Atletico Madrid player Gabi, completely wrong-footing Al Sadd goalkeeper Saad al-Sheeb.There were close calls at both ends, before Al Sadd went ahead once again. Captain Hassan al-Haydos cracked a shot from outside the box off another Nam pass, with the ball dipping nicely into the top right corner beating Australian goalkeeper Brad Jones.Both teams grew desperate as the minutes ticked by, but it was Al Sadd who had the momentum and looked like scoring any moment.Sure enough that moment arrived in the 89th minute when al-Haydos released Afif with a perfect pass but the striker was brought down by Abdulla Madu when he was about to take the shot. The referee pointed to the spotAl Sadd’s Algerian star Baghdad Bounedjah, the top scorer in the tournament last season, converted with a powerful shot to Jones’ right.“We never lost hope after the first leg defeat and I had drilled into the players the importance of staying upbeat,” Xavi said after the match.“They lived up to their promise and now we are one step away from the final.”Xavi had said at his pre-match press conference that it was his ambition to win the AFC Champions League, having won four European Champions League titles as a player for Barcelona.Al Sadd will next play the winners of Tuesday’s match between Saudi sides Al Hilal and Al Ittihad.0Shares0000(Visited 12 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Sadd SC’s Spanish coach Xavi Hernandez celebrates with his staff after his team’s 3-1 AFC Champions League quarter-final football match victory against Saudi’s Al-Nassr at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium in Doha on September 16, 2019. © AFP / KARIM JAAFARDOHA, Qatar, Sep 16 – Top Qatar club Al Sadd bounced back from their first leg loss to win 3-1 on Monday and oust Saudi giants Al Nassr in an AFC Champions League quarter-final.Coach Xavi punched the air in delight as the 2011 continental champions put on a commanding home performance to secure a 4-3 aggregate victory and another shot at continental glory.last_img read more

Chelsea boss wary of Europa League hangover against Southampton

first_imgDefenders Cesar Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Antonio Rudiger and Marcos Alonso are set to return as the Blues chase a sixth win from eight games.Olivier Giroud is likely to replace Morata and Jorginho is anticipated to come in for Cesc Fabregas, with N’Golo Kante also likely to be back in the starting XI.Willian or Pedro will likely be in competition for one place alongside Giroud and Hazard.Mateo Kovacic played the full 90 minutes against Vidi, so could drop to the substitutes’ bench, with Ross Barkley and Ruben Loftus-Cheek options in midfield. Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Sarri rotated his side for the Europa League clash on Thursday Sarri made eight changes for Thursday’s 1-0 win over Hungarian champions Vidi in the second Europa League game and is optimistic there will be no ill-effects at Saints.The 59-year-old Italian head coach said: “This match we have changed eight players. In Greece I think only five. I hope we can do better this time.”Alvaro Morata’s goal proved the difference against Vidi.It was just the striker’s second goal of the season, after he spurned a host of chances earlier in the game. LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS silverware Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade MONEY Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE Maurizio Sarri hopes to avoid a Europa League hangover in Sunday’s Premier League clash at Southampton.Chelsea dropped points for the first time this season after their opening Europa League win at PAOK in Greece, drawing 0-0 at West Ham. REVEALED Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? 2 England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Morata gave Chelsea the win against Vidi Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury huge blow Sarri is credited with bringing the fun back to Chelsea, but Morata was tearful after finding the net.Asked if the striker should have more fun, Sarri said: “They have to enjoy, but I want to enjoy myself first of all. Usually I have more fun when I win. I don’t know why.”Eden Hazard is expected to start, with Sarri likely to revert to his first-choice line-up as he seeks to maintain Chelsea’s unbeaten start. 2 BEST OF Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won RANKED last_img read more


first_imgEclipse Cinemas Lifford/Strabane in conjunction with Donegal Daily are giving one lucky reader the chance to win a FAMILY PASS to see any film of their choice. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning this competition is answer the following question.Question: Who will Donegal play in the All Ireland Final Send your answers to www.eclipsecinemas.comThe winner will be chosen on Friday.WIN A FAMILY PASS TO SEE ANY FILM AT ECLIPSE CINEMAS was last modified: September 3rd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Eclipse CinemasEntertainmentFeaturesnewslast_img read more

Tom Brady bets Derby horse and finally falls short in major sporting event

first_imgYes, it’s true. Tom Brady suffered a bitter defeat in one of sports’ crown jewel events over the weekend.The GOAT lost a 14-1 bet on an equine in the Kentucky Derby.Per cbssports.com: “During a pre-race interview with NBC’s Von Miller, Brady revealed who he was going to bet on in the race. Apparently the Patriots quarterback loves a good long shot, because he decided to put his money on Code of Honor.”Brady’s horse finished in third place. But wait — Code of Honor was moved up to second, and …last_img read more